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Dr. Shan Lou is employed as a senior Research Follow working within the Surface Metrology Group (SMG) of Centre for Precision Technologies (CPT) and ERSRC Future Metrology Hub from 2013. He is currently carrying out research work in the field of geometrical measurement and evaluation for precision engineering.

Shan received his BEng and MEng at Central South University in China. He then started his professional career in precision metrology at Hexagon Metrology, a leading global company for metrology industry. He worked as a R&D engineer for the company’s primary product, PC-DMIS. In 2010, Shan moved to University of Huddersfield to pursue a PhD degree whilst working for Hexagon Metrology on a part-time basis.

Shan is an editorial board member of the journal 'Bio-design and manufacturing', a committee Member of the British Standard Institution (BSI) AMT/8 (Additive manufacturing) and TDW/4/4/1 (XCT), a participating member of ASTM Committee F42 Additive Manufacturing Technologies, a Chartered Engineer of the Institution of Mechanical Engineers (IMechE), a member of the Institute of Mathematics and its Applications (IMA), and a Fellow of the Higher Education Academy (HEA).

Shan was recently awarded an RCUK Catapult Researchers in Residence (RiR) Fellowship. Sponsored by the RiR fellowship, he is working with the Manufacture Technology Centre (MTC), one of the most important Catapult centres in the UK, to investigate and develop bespoke measurement and characterisation methods for additive manufacturing (AM) surfaces, with the aim of linking the manufacturing, functioning and metrology of AM products.

Shan is the peer reviewer for a number of engineering and scientific journals, such as Measurement Science and Technology, Measurement, Precision Engineering, Surface Topography: Metrology and Properties, IEEE Transactions on Image Processing, Optical Express, Assembly Automation. He was also an organising committee members and a session chair of ASPE Summer Topic Meeting – Advancing Precision in Additive Manufacturing, an organising committee member of the 4th Dimensional X-ray Computed Tomography conference, a session chair of the 20th and 25th International Conference on Automation and Computing.

Apart from research, Shan has been involved in teaching: (1) Lecture of NFA2168 Mechanical Engineering and Science; (2) Lecture of NFE2105 Engineering Mathematics; (3) Supervision of final year projects.

Outside the work Shan enjoys playing badminton and is the faithful fan of FC Internazionale Milano.

Research Expertise and Interests

His research interest is precision geometrical metrology, including surface metrology in microscale and nanoscale and dimensional metrology in macroscale, particularly investigation and development of mathematical principles and algorithms involved with the measurement and evaluation of geometrical elements (such as surface texture, topography and form) for state-of-the-art high-precision products within the high-added value manufacture, especially components with freeform surface and structured surface. The aim is to build a toolbox for the analysis, evaluation and characterisation of geometrical elements using fast, stable and reliable computational algorithms.

He is currently focusing on metrology for additive manufacturing and X-ray computed tomography (XCT) metrology, taking the collaboration of the National Physical Laboratory (NPL) and the Manufacturing Technology Centre (MTC).

Particular Areas of Research

  •  Metrology for additive manufacturing
  •  Functioning of AM surface texture
  •  X-ray computed tomography metrology
  •  Machine learning for high value-added manufacturing
  •  Stable, robust, and fast algorithms for computational geometry
  •  Mathematical fundamentals for complex surface characterisation

Current Projects

  • Measurement and characterisation of additively manufactured surface texture, EPSRC(EP/S000453/1), 01/2019-12/2021, PI
  • RCUK Catapult Researchers in Res. (HVM MTC)-Surface measurement methods for manufacturing, functioning & metrology of additively manufactured products, EPSRC(EP/R513520/1), 04/2018-03/2022, PI
  • Measurements of 3D Additively Manufactured Surface Texture, Traceability and Uncertainty, UoH-NPL PhD Studentship, 2019~2021, CI

Previous Projects

  • Reusable Personalised 3D Printing Protective Face Mask for Healthcare Professionals to Combat against Covid-19, UoH internal URF fund, 05/2020-07/2020, PI
  • Personalised Wearable Drug Delivery Device using 3D Printing and Smart Textile Technologies, UoH Sandpit project for ISCF, 2018~2019, Joint PI
  • Development of Nutritional Products Promoting Healthy Ageing, UoH Sandpit project for ISCF, 2018~2019, Joint PI
  • Connected Digital Additive Manufacturing 3-In-1 X-Ray CT Inspection, Innovate UK, 2017~2019, Core researcher
  • Fundaments and Principles for Measurement and Characterization of 21st Century Science and Engineering Surfaces, ERC, 2010~2014, Researcher

Research Degree Supervision

Research Supervision

  • Narasimharaju Shubhavardhan (2019~2022, PhD main supervision): Investigation of Microstructure, Surface Texture and Mechanical Properties of SLM of steels
  • Xiao Chen (2019~2022, PhD co-supervision): Measurements of 3D Additively Manufactured Surface Texture
  • Huodao Huang (2020~2024, PhD co-supervision): Advanced Data Processing for Smart Metrology of Complex Surfaces from High Value-added Products
  • Weidong Liu (2020~2021, Master by Research main supervision): Investigation of Surface Roughness and Dimensional Accuracy of Additively Manufactured Components with Varying Inclination Angles
  • Ahmed Ibrahim (2020~2024, PhD main supervision): Investigation of fatigue performance of additively manufactured freeform components via non-destructive metrology

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